Illegal dumping alleged

Published 11:16 am Tuesday, October 2, 2018

MURFREESBORO – Carolyn Brown, Murfreesboro’s Town Clerk, reported to the Town Council here Wednesday about an alleged illegal dumping which recently occurred.

On Sept. 18, she said a town employee witnessed a Tri-State Utilities truck dumping an unidentified substance into a manhole around River and Boyette Street.

Tri-State Utilities is a company based in Chesapeake, VA which is contracted to do maintenance and utility rehabilitation. According to Brown’s research, the company had been contracted to run a camera down sewer lines in Aulander. In order to do that, the sewer lines must be cleaned out.

Brown contacted the company multiple times but did not receive an official response before the Town Council meeting Wednesday, though she was told the driver had been reprimanded.

“We weren’t called initially,” reported Murfreesboro Police Chief David Griffith, but said they were investigating the incident as well. “It is a Class I felony.”

Brown also stated the town’s Wastewater Treatment Plant is closely monitoring their facility to keep an eye on things, but they’ve reported no issues so far.

Speaking to the News Herald on Thursday, Brown said she finally received a response from Tri-State Utilities that morning where they denied the allegation.

“I’ve pretty much turned it over to the attorney,” she said, explaining Town Attorney Buddy Jones would be handling the situation as it moves forward.